National Retail Federation predicts more than 137 million
Americans will shop during Thanksgiving weekend,
topping last year’s retail frenzy.
But here in the newsroom the buildup to Black Friday has
felt noticeably muted this fall.
Typically we’re inundated by press
releases from retailers in November.E-mails pour in from big chain retailers touting extended
hours and price-slashing sprees. Local
shops give us friendly prods for coverage of Small
Business Saturday. Online sellers send constant Cyber Monday
This year we’ve received a smattering of those
promotions, but not the typical deluge. So we’re interested
hearing your take on Black Friday.
Have the deals been hyped as much this year as
in years past? Is shopping a part of your Thanksgiving
week tradition? Do you have other ways you prefer to
spend your post-turkey holiday?
Let us know by taking our poll (you can pick more
than one answer) or dropping a comment below. And whatever your
plans, have a happy and safe Thanksgiving!
A Kingston farm is one
of five finalists that will vie for a $20,000 award Thursday during
the live finale for Kitsap Bank’s Edg3
Angus was the only Kitsap-based contestant to earn a
spot in the finals for the Edg3 Fund, which honors businesses
dedicated to growing their communities “economically,
socially and environmentally.”
The finale is scheduled for 5:30
p.m. Thursday at Kitsap Conference Center in Bremerton. The
keynote speaker will be Combat Flip Flops CEO
Matthew Griffin, a former Edg3 Fund finalist who appeared on
the ABC show Shark Tank.
A panel of judges will select the winner of this
year’s $20,000 top prize, and a $5,000 prize for the contestant
that best embodies “the spirit of community.”
It’s hard to get simpler than CB’s Nuts peanut butter,
which uses just one ingredient. (Spoiler alert: It’s
“That’s part of the beauty of our products,” said CB’s Nuts
President Tami Bowen told me
during a recent interview. “They’re really simple, they’re low
input, they’re fresh, they’re clean, so they have a really broad
Much, much larger
corporations are adopting a similar philosophy, according
to the WSJ’s Anne Marie Chaker.
Industry juggernauts Hershey Co.,
ConAgra and General Mills are all pushing
products with fewer additives, and using slimmed-down
ingredients lists as a marketing tool.
“Instead of burying ingredient lists in the fine print on the
back of the package, food manufacturers are trumpeting simpler
formulas prominently on the label’s front,” Chaker
the full story here.
In other CB’s Nuts news, you may have noticed a
Northwest-themed mural painted on a storage container
outside the company’s Bond Road headquarters.
Malolo Design (also
based in Kingston) posted a cool time-lapse video showing the
creation of the mural earlier this year:
According to a memo prepared by CEO Jim Rothlin, the goal of the
analysis would be to identify the port’s strengths
and generate a list of businesses that could benefit from
“While the Port has many amenities to offer prospective tenants
at the Industrial Park, it is critical that we find a way to stand
apart from many other location options available to them,” Rothlin
wrote in the memo.
“We have always hoped
business would put more energy into Port Orchard,” YES Please!
co-owner Devon Raney said in an email. “In an effort to stay
current and put our money where our mouth is, we looked to Seattle
for the trendy top end sign companies. Western Neon was the obvious
Visit Kitsap Executive
Director Patty Graf-Hoke attributed the spike in hotel demand to
marketing efforts aimed at attracting more tourists and
reducing the county’s dependence on government-related travel.
“We have positioned ourselves in the
sweet spot between the Olympic Peninsula and the bright lights of
the city,” Graf-Hoke said in the release.
Regional ad campaigns have highlighted Kitsap’s
natural setting and recreational opportunities, including its
nationally-designated water trails system.
“We have strengthened our message,”
County Commissioner Charlotte Garrido said in the release
“… I really look at it as us
capitalizing on who we are and where we are.”
My compatriot Tim Kelly with Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal
recently took a closer look at how hotels are benefiting from
the county’s tourist boom. You can
read his June story here.
Pawzii, Inc., founded by
Bremerton resident Alec Matias, develops software tools for animal
licensing programs at shelters and local governments. The
company has its headquarters in Seattle. It partners with the
Kitsap Humane Society,
King County and Seattle Animal Shelter among other
Matias, a former Zillow
employee, said he believe his startup can help increase pet
licensing rates by making the process easy.
“We’re just passionate pet people trying to fill this
void,” Matias said in a recent interview.
While providing licensing software platforms
for organizations, Pawzii.com offers a portal for pet owners
to register their animals online. The site automatically
files their paperwork with the nearest licensing office. Customers
pay a small fee to Pawzii for each transaction.
A panel of judges awarded the inaugural
Edg3 FUND small business prize to Pawzii Wednesday at an event
“They are innovative and truly focused on making a
difference in the community in a socially and environmentally
responsible way,” Kitsap Bank President Tony George said in a news
Pawzii was one of five finalists for the award, which
recognizes small businesses that
benefit their communities economically, socially or
environmentally. The company will use the prize money to expand its
technology and scale up its business, according to the